Pellum Looking for a Chance

The former Santa Fe (Calif.) defensive back is off to minicap with the Carolina Panthers...

Romeo Pellum is just looking for a chance.

And the Carolina Panthers are giving him one.

The former Sante Fa Springs (Calif.) cornerback, who played at Washington State and then Hampton, finished his college career in 2010, and despite having some opportunities to play in Canada, wasn't quite ready to commit to play in the Great White North, instead, holding on to hope that an NFL team would come calling.

Pellum went to the Super Regional Combine in Detroit earlier this spring, ran a 4.4, and just like that, some opportunities started coming his way.

"After the combine in Detroit, I was talking with the Saints, and with Coach (Kelly) Skipper (who was at Washington State), and he thought I did really well. Then Carolina got involved, and they offered me a mini-camp tryout," said Pellum.

Pellum is headed to down Charlotte this weekend to participate in the Panthers' mini-camp, a short business trip, but one Pellum is hoping leads to bigger and better things.

"If I can show that I can play, then they'll sign me," said Pellum. "It's possible I could get a two or three-year deal. There are three other cornerbacks coming in, so I'm just going to go down there and perform to the best of my abilities."

Last fall, Pellum spent the football season coaching at his alma mater, but he wasn't ready to end his playing career.

Now he's got an opportunity to continue playing.

"I have a physical Thursday, and then the camp is Friday through Sunday," said Pellum.

Steve Wilks is the pass game coordinator for the Panthers, and the coach who's showed the most interest in Pellum.

"Coach Wilks used to be with the Chargers and Coach Ron Rivera used to be there, so I was familiar with what they did," said Pellum.

The 5-9, 181-pounder knows he has his work cut out for him, but he's more than happy to take on the challenge.

"I focus on what I can control and I will give it all I've got," said Pellum. "My plan is to show them what I can do and give them something to not let me come back to LA without signing me."

Pellum said regardless of the outcome of the weekend, he's confident there is a place for him professionally.

"I believe that I will get a shot somewhere, but I'm going to impress Carolina," said Pellum.

The offseason has had Pellum working with EVO Sports Training, who he credits for much of his improvement as a prospect.

"I've been working against NFL receivers all offseason so I'm ready," said Pellum.

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